Krause Basin Collaboration

Krause Basin project area highlighted north of  Bigfork and East of Kalispell about 12 miles.On this page: Introduction | News | Meetings | Maps | Background & Reference | Contacts

Page Updated: 27 September 2022


A dog walks across a narrow walking bridge with a handrail that crosses a muddy stream.Located on the Swan Lake Ranger District in the foothills of the Swan Mountains close to the community of Bigfork, Montana, the Krause Basin area adjoins state and private land downhill to the east.

The area provides both motorized and nonmotorized opportunities such as biking, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and off-highway vehicle use. In response to objections on the 2018 Flathead National Forest Management Plan, the Forest committed to starting a collaborative effort within 3 years of the Record of Decision. This collaborative group is requested to come together in assisting the Forest in developing a management strategy for the Krause Basin area.

This is an exciting opportunity for those who care about Krause Basin to come together and collaborate with the Forest Service on a management strategy for the Krause Basin Area.



Meeting Date

Agenda & Join Information

Post-Meeting Notes and Recording

Wednesday, September 21, 2022  

Krause Basin Project focus area trail segments (corrected)

Meeting recording (part 1)

Meeting recording (part 2)

Meeting attendance 

Meeting chat

Meeting presentation

Thursday, August 25, 2022

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Virtual (Microsoft Teams)

August 25 Meeting Agenda
Please see agenda for connection information.

Group 1 worksheet (no alternative)

Group 2 worksheet (alternative A)

Group 3 worksheet (alternative B)

Group 4 worksheet (alternative C)

Group 5 worksheet (alternative D)

Group 6 worksheet (other)

Krause Basin Project focus area trail segments map

Krause Basin sign options

Meeting presentation (PowerPoint)

Meeting chat

Meeting attendance

Meeting recording

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Virtual (Microsoft) Teams


Please see agenda for connection information.

Meeting 5 Agenda

July 13 meeting chat

July 13 meeting slides

July 13 trail signage slides

July 13 wildlife in Krause Basin slides

No-action alternative map

Alternative A map

July 13 meeting recording


April 13, 2022, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Meeting will be in-person at Flathead Valley Community College (map) or online on Microsoft Teams

April 13, 2022 meeting agenda

April 13 meeting chat

April 13 meeting slides

April 13 breakout group map

April 13 trail designations table

April 13 sign-in sheet (in person)

April 13 attendance list (TEAMS)

April 13 meeting recording

Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

February 16, 2022 meeting agenda (pdf)

February 16 meeting chat

February 16 meeting slides

February 16 breakout exercise report out

February 16 poll questions results

February 16 meeting recording

Thursday, December 16, 2021, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

December 16, 2021 meeting agenda (pdf)
To request an invite to the meeting please email Shelli Mavor at

December 16 meeting chat
December 16 meeting slides

A meeting recording is not available due to technical difficulties. No meeting notes were taken due to the kick-off meeting’s introductory nature.


Field Trips


Background Information and Reference Materials

Regulatory Documents Guiding Implementation of Krause Basin Recreation Management Strategy

Current Krause Basin Management Direction
Flathead National Forest Planning Documents
Forest Service Recreation and Trails Handbooks and Manuals

The links below open Word documents. All Handbooks and Manuals can be found at our Forest Service Directives page.

Forest Service Trails, Signs and Posters Guidelines

Key Contacts

Close up of a smiling man with a short gray beard in a beanie and down coat in front of a lake.Cory Davis - Facilitator. Cory currently works as a Science Communication Specialist for the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network, which helps share information between fire researchers and fire managers in the Northern Rockies. He has been a Research Associate in University of Montana’s Franke College of Forestry and Conservation since 2011. For ten years, he was the Coordinator for the Southwestern Crown Collaborative working under the USDA’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. He has worked in natural resources his entire career, including as a Biologist at Glacier National Park, and studied birds throughout the western US for many years. Cory has lived in the Flathead Valley since 2003 and is the current President of the Flathead Audubon Society.

Shelli Mavor - Planning Team Leader and District point of contact for Krause Basin Collaboration, Flathead National Forest